According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) Australia, about 39% of households own a dog. More specifically, they estimate that there are around 4.2 million pet dogs in Australia.
Since dogs are the most common pets in Australia, it is safe to say that homeowners have another important job on their hands: preventing their canine friend from ruining their garden or lawn.
Dog vs Garden: Finding The Balance
To keep your garden safe from dogs, here are some tips to help you out:
To keep your dog from digging in and destroying your garden, create their own play area or digging area in in an inconspicuous part of your lawn. Simply dig a large shallow hole and fill it with sand. Add or bury some toys in your dog’s sandbox so that your pet can have fun digging and playing in this area.
Surround your flower beds with chicken-wire fence to prevent your pup from ruining them. You can make chicken-wire fence more appealing by driving several tall stakes in the ground around the bed’s perimeter and slipping the fence over the end stakes. Unroll the wire and prop it up against the rest of the stakes when in use and simply roll it up when you don’t need it or want it to be seen.
You can also protect flower beds and other plants by surrounding them with a DIY garden moat with pinecones. Dogs hate stepping over pinecones (they are uncomfortable for their sensitive paws) but these garden moats look great on any lawn.
Keep your dog inside the house at times when the temptation to dig would be too irresistible. This usually pertains to instances wherein you just applied fertiliser since the smell is just enticing to most dogs. Dogs are also most likely inclined to dig when you have just freshly planted a bed of flowers; they see the freshly turned soil and mulch as an invitation to dig.
Aside from digging, dog urine can also damage your lawn. If you see dead brown patches on your yard, it means that your pup’s pee is destroying your turf. To avoid this problem, plant clover, creeping Jenny, or other types of ground cover in a certain part of your lawn and train your dog to pee in just that one area. Also, dilute the dog’s urine with water after your pup is done peeing. Lastly, always keep a bowl of water outside to encourage your dog to drink more. Water will dilute your pup’s discharge and make it less harmful to your grass.
To preserve your garden’s natural lush and beauty, you don’t have to keep your dog away from your lawn. By following some tips, you can be a happy garden owner and have a happy pet at the same time.
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